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Dec 7, 2012 12:00pm EST
, and particularly i want to thank michael panelists here. rob satlof and i have been debating this issue for almost a decade. certainly with brett i can say i don't think i've ever disagreed with brett accept on this issue, and i particularly have to thank my colleague, brian katulis at the center for american progress. it shows the left and right can come together on certain issues and it's particularly brave to be here because on occasion i have looked at the web site and i sometimes find they are depicted as the son of satan. so i'm not sure what that makes brian. but i will just say -- let's be frank. what we are talking about is do you prefer dictatorship to democracy because that is what the resolution really is. because we know that if you actually have a free vote, right now the islamists are always going to do well and they are probably going to triumph. that may not be the case down the road. but right now if you have a free vote they will try. certainly in my mind that makes the vote unavoidable in the essential because if you believe you are going to have to go down that path, some have
Dec 10, 2012 8:30am EST
-called fiscal cliff by white house economic adviser gene sperling and republican senator rob portman. then we're live with a discussion on the latino vote in the 2012 presidential election and the prospects for changes to immigration policy. and later the senate's back at 2 p.m. eastern for general speeches. later, members resume debate on extending the transaction account guarantee or t.a.g. program that provides unlimited deposit insurance cover coverage a procedural vote on that measure is expected along with a vote on president obama's nominee to be the assistant secretary of housing and urban development. live gavel-to-gavel coverage here on c-span2. >> today the pew center ohses a daylong conference on voters' experiences in the 2012 election. representatives from google, facebook, microsoft and twitter as well as democratic and gop secretaries of state will discuss voter registration and id laws and the long lines that occurred outside some voting precincts. live coverage of the conference begins at 9 a.m. eastern over on c-span3. >> now, white house economic adviser gene sperling and
Dec 14, 2012 5:00pm EST
with the microphone. >> thank you. rob, aic investments a manufacturing investor in 20 states and my question goes to innovation funds which you brought up. at what stage are you focusing on? with respect to expansion or startups? on an execution basis, what's the plan as far as national strategies? >> those of us in the government job, you you know where you want to be like like the classic economic book is look for where we are under investing as a country or where we have too little capital as a country going to the private sector enterprises where because individual actors do not feel they get the full benefits but we, as a country, would be richer and if there was more investments in those areas and so one of the things we're trying to look at, i think the expressions are where are the valley of deaths? meaning, where are the places where in the innovative process for companies where they are not able to get the capital they need to be, perhaps, one of the gazelles the fast growing companies and i think the hard part at t
Dec 12, 2012 9:00am EST
you. rob, invest in state we're in manufacturing invested in 20 states. my question goes to innovation funds which you brought it. at which stage are you focusing on? is it with respect to either extension or the startups? then on an execution basis, which the regional plan as far as international strategy? >> well look, i think it's for those of us who in the government job, would you want to be a bit like the classic economic look, is you want to look for where we're under investing as a country, or were we have too little capital as a country going to private sector, where because individual private actors do not feel they get the full benefit from those investments. but we as a country would be richer if there was more investment in those areas. and so i think one of the things that we are trying to look at is, i think the expressions become, where are the valley of death? mean, where are those places where in the innovative process for companies, where they are not able to get the capital they need, perhaps one of the gazelles, one of the fast-growing companies. and i think the ha
Dec 20, 2012 12:00pm EST
would throw economy back into a deep recession, there would be nothing that would rob more americans and hurt our most vulnerable citizens more than being -- having their house go back underwater because of a rise in interest rates, or that potential of a job disappear because an employer decides to end up no longer active, or that unemployment benefits don't get extended because we chose to punt rather than deal with this issue. and, again, we go over a cliff, and if the chances are only 10% that this throws us back into a deep recession, unlike in the past, unlike the fiscal crisis of 2008, we don't have extraordinary measures of stimulus or the fed being able to dramatically lower interest rates. so i believe, mr. president, that we do need balanced, responsible, at least $4 trillion deal. a deal, again, that i believe counts the cuts we've already made, that adds additional real revenue. and again, as i mentioned earlier, i think the president has started too low in terms of the amount of revenue we need. we took $4.5 trillion out of the revenue stream over the last ten years. i
Dec 28, 2012 12:00pm EST
robbing peter to pay paul. we need americans to help the victims of hurricane sandy rebuild their lives. we also don't do it by eliminating programs that are critical to our economy and especially programs critical to our national security. this amendment includes a new provision that would prevent all funds within this act from being considered emergency spending. now, mr. president, can any one of us stand here on this floor in a straight face and say that the devastating effects of the largest atlantic hurricane in history isn't an emergency? the presiding officer: if the senator would suspend, the time for the vote has now arrived. mr. leahy: i would ask consent for two more minutes. ms. mikulski: i'm right here. mr. leahy: are you ready to vote? i will take 30 seconds. ms. mikulski: i ask unanimous consent that the gentleman be allowed to finish his statement. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. leahy: when they say it's not an emergency, look what happened in this hurricane. we lost 120 american lives. we lost 340,000 homes. we lost 200,000 businesses with sandy. if that
Dec 12, 2012 12:00pm EST
to solve our fiscal issues so they aren't saddled with debt and robbed of their opportunity for the american dream, and seniors expect us to honor the commitments that we have made to them. if we act now, we will be addressing the debt ceiling more than three months before we reach it. let me walk through those changes that are well known to policymakers in congress and the administration, and i will begin with medicare. medicare's trust fund has $27 trillion in unfunded liabilities and is expected to be insolvent by the year 2024. according to an urban institute study, an average income, married family will contribute about $119,000 in payroll taxes to medicare in today's dollars over their lifetime and consume about $357,000 in today's dollars in medicare benefits. obviously, this is unsustainable. everybody in this room knows this. the pages in front of me know that. medicare needs to be structured in a way to provide care for current and future beneficiaries in a fiscally responsible manner. this bill would structurally transform medicare, keeping fee-for-service medicar
Dec 28, 2012 9:00am EST
will be even worse. the forest service budget, when you have bad fire years, they have to rob from other accounts. that was the case this year with a shortfall of $653 million. this amendment closes that gap and gives the forest service the resources for the next upcoming fire season, which is due to be a bad one. this also -- the amendment also includes -- requires the g.a.o. to recommend new models to better reflect the costs associated with wildland fires because they've been underfunded so much in the past. this will establish a better model and reduce the need for supplemental funding in this account in the future. here's the scoop, folks. the damage done by fires particularly in the west was -- was extensive and is an emergency. they can continue the forest service can continue to rob money from other accounts to fight these fires which ends up in poor forest management and even bigger fires. i would encourage your concurrence with this amendment. thank you madam chair. a senator: madam president? the presiding officer: to yields time? the senator from alabama. mr. sessions: madam
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